- $20b GCC aid package for Oman and Bahrain
RIYADH — Gulf Arab countries launched on Thursday a $20 billion aid package for Bahrain and Oman.
- “comprehensive constitutional reforms” announced in Morocco
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has announced that he will launch “comprehensive constitutional reforms,” following the recent revolutions in the African countries.
- Activists seek elections in United Arab Emirates
A group of citizens in the United Arab Emirates petitioned the rulers yesterday to allow a popularly elected Parliament, signaling that demands for leadership overhauls raging across the Middle East have also reached the oil-rich Gulf federation.
- Fire shuts down Iraq-Turkey pipeline
An oil pipeline carrying crude oil from northern Iraq to Turkey has been closed down due to a fire, causing disruption in the oil flow from the major supplier, Iraq.
- Saudi ferment, and a king’s choice
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah will not have to break his piggy-bank to make good on his promise to hand out $36 billion to Saudi citizens. With foreign reserves of over $440 billion, and oil prices at over $100 a barrel, any such rainy day remains distant.
- Afghan suicide blast kills Kunduz police chief
Witnesses said the bomber had approached Abdul Rahman Sayedkhili in the street in Kunduz City and detonated the device.
- Yemen: President Saleh announces ‘parliamentary system’
In a live televised address, he said a referendum would be held this year on measures including a new election law.
- Saudi Arabia police open fire at protest in Qatif
Witnesses said police also beat demonstrators with batons injuring at least three people.
- Nato ‘kills cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’
Yar Muhammad Khan was at his home in Dand district near Kandahar city when he was shot dead in an overnight raid.
- Libya: Gaddafi forces push rebels from Ras Lanuf
There were reports of severe civilian casualties after rebel positions and residential areas came under fire from rockets and shells.